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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 8:44am
Comment by Joan Denoo on July 5, 2014 at 12:48am

Carl, 50 is a good year ... for me and for others I care about and love. Cary was born in 1963 and we saw him for the first time when he was 5 days old and brought him home. Five months and 13 days later, my twins were born. All three are 50 years old now and their lives have smoothed out nicely after some bumpy years. 

It feels so good to get through all the stressors of growing up myself, and raising the kids to adulthood. I, too, am getting more progressive as I grow older and can relax more. 

Do you have special plans for the 50th b.d.? May it be full of shared experiences with people you love and who love you, and that there be interesting conversation, delicious foods, and joy all around!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2014 at 9:07am

Thank you, Chris.  Right now I'm still 49 but my big day is coming up on the 16th.  

Comment by Plinius on July 4, 2014 at 8:35am

Happy birthday, Carl! From my 40th birthday the years grew better every year and that development hasn't stopped yet. I hope it's the same for you! Conservative? No, why should we?

Comment by Randall Smith on July 4, 2014 at 7:28am

Chris, I KNOW I've gotten more liberal as I've aged. Feels good to be progressive. I usually liked Herb Alpert, mostly because his music was upbeat. Haven't heard "What Now My Love" in awhile, but can still feel that beat during all his pauses.

sk8, I've seen two live Buffet shows, but that was 24 years ago. What an entertainer! Remain ever young!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 4, 2014 at 2:35am

I get The Daily KOS as well, Felaine.  Great updates on what is happening in politics and social issues.

Here's the Wikipedia page for Daily Kos.  It explains the name: 

Daily Kos was founded by Markos Moulitsas (Kos from the last syllable of his first name, his nickname while in the military) in 2002.

This is my birthday month and I turn 50 this year.  I honestly can not see myself getting more conservative as I age.  If anything, I've actively been getting more progressive and vocal about it throughout the years.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:56am

Ian, I sometimes check it when it's included in The Daily KOS (and I have NO idea what "KOS" is supposed to mean, but I get their daily headlines.  All progressive, all the time.)

I always heard that we're supposed to become more conservative as we age...I seem to be doing the opposite.  I'll be 75 in a few months and I don't give a rat's patoot about who does what to whom, as long as they don't harm each other, or any innocent bystanders.

And I firmly believe in the last line of the last song I posted:

"If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane."

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:44am

Okay, one more, and I'm going to bed:

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:20am

Moar Jimmy Buffett...Funniest song:

Comment by sk8eycat on July 4, 2014 at 1:14am

Another happy weekend song...or two:

Or three...(when Jimmy had more hair)

Happy Cheezburgers on the 4th, y'all!


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